Zach Lowe: "Speaking of talking: I remember talking to Marco Belinelli when you guys passed through Brooklyn early last season, and he was saying that while he really enjoyed playing for the Bulls, he was surprised at how hard a time he was having picking up your defense. Is that a worry when you sign free agents? Are you confident Mike Dunleavy Jr., a very heady guy, can pick up the schemes right away?"
Tom Thibodeau: "In Marco’s case, the first 20 games there was a clear adjustment period, but I thought he was great by midseason. He really picked things up well. He had a great all-around season. Each guy is different, but I think the first year, you do go through an adjustment period. But I don’t think it’s any different from any other team — when you’re a first-year player, the biggest hurdle is to learn your teammates and to learn the system that you’re in."
I was reading a Grantland piece which was an interview with Tom Thibodeau (http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/68972/qa-tom-thibodeau-on-the-bulls-offseason-derrick-roses-return-and-where-in-the-world-is-joakim-noah) and he mentioned the above quote in reference to Marco Belinelli last year.
This got me thinking, Belinelli is clearly a smarter player than Gerald Green, who is an idiot. But does anyone think that the problem might have been that he was having a difficult adjustment last year to the complex defensive schemes that the Pacers run? By the end of last season he was scoring quite a bit every now and then. Perhaps he feels more comfortable in the Pacers system this year and becomes a serviceable third string wing man. I don't think he'll ever be the super-star savior that I think a lot of people wanted him to be, but maybe he can come in and drop 10 points every now and then in 15 minutes and get the team back in it.
At least, I think that's the dream...